The Flood Revisited


Credit: USGS

And after the seven days the floodwaters came on the earth. In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, on the seventeenth day of the second month–on that day all the springs of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavens were opened. And rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights. – Genesis 7:10-12 (NIV)

This reprise of the flood account adds one important detail, water emerging from “the great deep”.  This description is reminiscent of the creation account description of the origin of water on earth, at least some of it is described as originating from the “springs of the deep”. I had always assumed that Noah’s flood was due to the rain, but this description suggests there were other sources of the deluge.

The same conundrum applies as in the post from yesterday.  The seven days also seems to echo the creation account, almost as if this account is an “undoing” of creation or perhaps more correctly a “do over” of creation. I think this is encouraging in a sense because since Christ came to earth God grants us unlimited “do overs” .  We can always look toward the rainbow and the promise.  We are assured a place on the Ark no matter what sort of passenger we might be.

Prayer: May I remember that God is a God of second chances and we can choose to be a new creation in Christ every day.

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